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    Author Dawkins, Richard, 1941-

    Title Climbing mount improbable / Richard Dawkins ; original drawings by Lalla Ward.
    Imprint New York : Norton, 1996.


    Edition 1st American ed.
    Descript xii, 340 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
    Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 327-331) and index.
    Summary How do species evolve? Richard Dawkins, one of the world's most eminent zoologists, likens the process to scaling a huge, Himalaya-size peak, the Mount Improbable of his title. An alpinist does not leap from sea level to the summit; neither does a species utterly change forms overnight, but instead follows a course of "slow, cumulative, one-step-at-a-time, non-random survival of random variants"--a course that Charles Darwin, Dawkins's great hero, called natural selection. Illustrating his arguments with case studies from the natural world, such as the evolution of the eye and the lung, and the coevolution of certain kinds of figs and wasps, Dawkins provides a vigorous, entertaining defense of key Darwinian ideas.
    Contents Facing Mount Rushmore -- Silken fetters -- Message from the mountain -- Getting off the ground -- Forty-fold path to enlightenment -- Museum of all shells - Kaleidoscopic embryos -- Pollen grains and magic bullets -- Robot repeater -- 'A garden inclosed'.
    Subject Natural selection.
    Evolutionary genetics.
    ISBN/ISSN 0393039307

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